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Take Charge of Your Life!

UPDATE: Our start date for Session 1 has changed from our previous announcement. It is now March 23.

Take Charge of Your Life! is a five-session series about transition for youth and young adults with disabilities (age 14-26). Participants will each invite one family member or friend to participate with them. It is presented by Pathfinder Services of ND's North Dakota Secondary Transition Project.

To register, contact our office by March 16.

For more details and information, visit:

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Now Hiring: Experienced Parent Service Providers

Would you like to help another parent through their child's Early Intervention process? Apply to be an Experienced Parent Support Provider! We are currently accepting applications across North Dakota. 

If you are interested, connect with us today:

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Cups of Kindness Winter Fundraiser - March Event

Our next event will be on March 14, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.

Homesteaders Restaurant will be sponsoring our next event. Come and enjoy some warm soup and a dinner roll.

Events will be located in the Town and Country Center Trinity break room. (Just past our office, suite 42).

About Cups of Kindness

"Cups of Kindness" is our seasonal fundraiser for Pathfinder Services of ND! Proceeds go to support our mission of helping North Dakota children and youth with learning differences and challenges.

"Cups of Kindness" is a very special kind of fundraiser for Pathfinder Services of ND. It is unique because we are selling one of a kind ceramic mugs that have been individually decorated by the children and students that we serve. The cups have been adorned with designs of what kindness means in their hearts. These cups will be filled with a delicious meal from our sponsors, so you will enjoy a great meal, in an original collectible cup, while supporting us in our mission, all at once!

For more information:

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Helping Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Parent's Handbook

Through interactive exercises and research-based advice, parents learn the causes, risk factors, and red flags of ASDs; how ASDs are diagnosed; current treatment options; how to nurture their child's education; ways to understand their child's actions; communication tips; how to manage strong emotions and stress; and much more!
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Would you like support through the early intervention process?

Follow the link below to get support or to refer a parent to the program.

Early Childhood
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Does My Child Have Physical Developmental Delays?

Parents can use this online tool (developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics) to learn more about physical developmental delays in children ages 5 and under, and see if their child is on-track with milestones in physical development. Accompanied by fact sheets on developmental delay in both English and Spanish.



 Elementary Students
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6 Benefits of Having Your Child Evaluated for Learning and Attention Issues

If you're hesitant about having your child evaluated for learning and attention issues, you're not alone. It can be a hard decision for many parents. Some may worry that their child will be labeled or treated differently. Others may wonder if their child's challenges are "serious enough" for an evaluation. As you make your decision, it's important to know that there are many benefits to getting your child evaluated. Here are six reasons why a private or school evaluation can help your child. 

  Youth & Young Adults
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Visiting College and University Campuses

Preparing for postsecondary education takes careful planning on the part of the student, his or her family, school personnel, and college and university staff. For students thinking about furthering their education, one step in planning and preparing for postsecondary life is by visiting college campuses. This article from the PACER Center offers several tips to help with the preparation, including a section on disability services.

Read the article here:

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Purple Day for Epilepsy

Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Here are a few resources with information about epilepsy and information for parents raising a child with epilepsy.  

Epilepsy (Parent Center Hub) 

Your Child at School and Child Care 
You Are Not Alone: Toolkit for Parents of Teens with Epilepsy

  Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
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Anxiety and School Success: Creating a Plan that Works (PACER Webinar)
Mar 4
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
FreeMore Info
Off to College: What You Need to Know Before You Go (PACER Webinar)
Mar 7
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
FreeMore Info
Sibshop - Jamestown
Mar 9
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Anne Carlsen Office
701 3rd St NW
Jamestown, ND
$10More Info
Being an Active Participant in Your Child's Transition from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten (PACER Webinar)
Mar 9
9:00 am to 11:00 am
FreeMore Info
AEM in the IEP: Where Do Accessible Materials and Technologies Fit? (AEM Center Webinar)
Mar 12
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
FreeMore Info
Cups of Kindness - Pathfinder Fundraiser
Mar 14
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Town & Country Center
Trinity Break Room
1015 S Broadway
Minot, ND
VariesMore Info
World Down Syndrome Day
Mar 21Everywhere
FreeMore Info
Families on the Scene in 2019 - Family Weekend (ND School for the Blind)
Mar 22-23Wesley United Methodist Church
1600 4th Ave N
Grand Forks, ND
$10More Info
Take Charge of Your Life! Part 1 - Get a Life (Pathfinder Workshop)
Mar 23
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Harmony Center
212 Central Ave
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info
Brain Injury Awareness Day at the State Capitol
March 26Capitol Building
600 E Boulevard Ave dept 110
Bismarck, ND
FreeMore Info
Purple Day for Epilepsy
Mar 26Everywhere
FreeMore Info
2019 North Dakota Family Based Services Conference
Mar 27-29Holiday Inn Fargo
3803 13th Ave S
Fargo, ND
VariesMore Info
2019 Mind Matters Conference
March 27 & 28Baymont Inn & Suites
2611 Old Red Trail
Mandan, ND
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All listed times are in Central Time.
Pathfinder Services of ND 
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Town & Country Center, 1015 S. Broadway, Suite 42
Minot, ND 58701